Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DA: Man sentenced to 40 years in prison for November 2015 rape in East River Park

A man who attacked and raped a 26-year-old woman jogging near the FDR Drive and Cherry Street in November 2015 was sentenced to 40 years in prison today.

Here's part of the news alert from the DA's office:

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of Paul Nies, 30, to 40 years in state prison and 20 years’ post-release supervision for raping and robbing a 26-year-old woman who was jogging in East River Park in November 2015.

On September 12, 2017, the defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of the top counts in the indictment against him, including Rape in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, and Strangulation in the Second Degree.

“This was a brutal stranger assault, and I commend the victim for her bravery in bringing her attacker to justice, as well as the prosecutors and members of law enforcement who worked tirelessly on this case,” said District Attorney Vance.

As proven at trial, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on November 25, 2015, NILES attacked a 26-year-old woman as she was jogging in East River Park and forced the victim to move to a different area of the park, where the defendant sexually assaulted her. Following the attack, Niles took the victim’s phone and credit card, which he later used at a fast food location in Brooklyn.

As The Lo-Down reported, at the time of the attack, "local residents complained about poor lighting in East River Park." A reader told the Lo-Down today that the new lighting is not working at this time.

Image from November 2015


Anonymous said...

Good riddance. I hope this piece of shit learns a cold, hard lesson. Enjoy prison. And never attack or assault a person again!!!

Giovanni said...

That's about 40 more years in jail than Harvey Weinstein will ever get. It must be nice when you can just pay everyone off including the DA to make all your troubles disappear. People get sentenced to last time in New York for murder. But if your name is Harvey Weinstein you get to fly to Europe and go to rehab and act like nothing ever happened. It's too bad for this guy that wasn't a big Hollywood producer or he would be sunning his troubles away in Cannes right now, sipping hundred-year-old cognac out of an escorts bellybutton on at 250 foot yacht with a helipad and a swimming pool while plotting his big comeback. I know that's what I'd be doing.

Anonymous said...

Giovanni, point well taken. It's good to be the king.

Anonymous said...

Rape sucks no matter who does it.

Anonymous said...

Hope this brave person is able to enjoy her life once again and the other enjoy tower 2 C upstate is nice this time of year